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Reina’s father hints at Barca return

January 23, 2013

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes his son would relish the opportunity to return to his boyhood club Barcelona.

Speculation surrounding the 30-year-old’s future has been rife in the last few months and after previously being linked with Premier League rivals Arsenal, it’s now been rumoured that he would prefer a move back to his homeland, with punters who bet on football backing the move.

The stopper grew up at Barcelona’s world famous La Masia academy, forcing his way into the first team as a teenager, before having a highly successful spell at Villarreal which preceded his switch to Anfield in 2005.

Football runs in Reina’s family and his father Miguel also played for the Blaugrana, as well as representing Spain.

The number one spot at the Nou Camp is set to become available in the near feature, following current incumbent Victor Valdes’ admission that he wouldn’t be signing a new deal once his contract expires in 2014.

This has prompted speculation on premier league betting news sites that he could be sold in the summer and after almost seven seasons in the Premier League, Reina Snr believes his son would love the opportunity to return to where his career started.”

“I am absolutely convinced that Pepe would be more than delighted to return to his Barcelona, where they made him into an upstanding man from the time he arrived at the age of 12 until he left,” he told Spanish radio station La Xerxa. “I say it publicly: I would be delighted to see Pepe back at Barca, of course I would.

“Pepe has shown sufficient proof of the calibre of goalkeeper he is and right now – and sorry for the lack of modesty – he would be up to the task and the ideal keeper for FC Barcelona.”

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